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The Scale Up CFO Agenda


We are pleased to be co- hosting The Scale Up CFO Agenda with Smith and Williamson on 11th October 2018.This takes the form of a round table breakfast. This is the third in a series of round tables we have co-hosted with Smith and Williamson, each one looking at a slightly different set of challenges and opportunities facing the Finance Director in a growth company.

For this breakfast we are delighted to hear from Piers Wilson, Group Finance Director of Arena Events Group plc, a business which services major sporting outdoor and leisure events including Wimbledon Tennis, Cheltenham Festival and the Superbowl through its operations across Europe, the US, the Middle East and Asia.

Piers has been the Group Finance Director since 2012 and in that time has helped to steer the Group from Private Equity ownership to an AIM listing, and through dramatic global growth. He is looking forward to sharing some of his experiences with you in particular focusing on using a listing as a platform to fund international acquisitions and expansion.

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BVCA Annual Gala Dinner on 29th November 2018


We are very pleased to say that we are once again sponsoring the BVCA Annual Gala Dinner on 29th November 2018 to be held at the Hilton , Park Lane and featuring Laura Kuenssberg as guest speaker.

Laura has been the BBC's Political Editor since 2015, when she became the first woman, and youngest journalist to take on the role; leading the corporation's political coverage. She works across a wide range of BBC programmes, in particular, the 6 and 10 O'clock News and the Today programme.

Laura started working as a local BBC journalist in 2000, then began reporting on politics in 2003; working her way up to become the Chief Political Correspondent during the 2010 election and formation of the Coalition. After a spell as the ITV Business Editor between 2011 and 2013, she returned to the BBC as a presenter and Chief Correspondent at Newsnight.

Laura's work has been recognised with several awards, including Broadcaster of the Year and Journalist of the Year in 2016 for her coverage of the dramatic events of the EU Referendum.

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Scale-ups

Through our longstanding relationship with Smith & Williamson, we have become increasingly familiar with the excellent work of the Scale-up Institute. The Scale-up Institute looks at what support is needed and available across the UK for these businesses along their...


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The AI revolution, is it taking our jobs, even our Non-Executive Director ones?

Recently, I read an article detailing how a Hong Kong based venture capital firm, Deep Knowledge Ventures, had appointed a computer algorithm to its board of directors.  The programme, called Vital will vote on investment decisions after analysing lots...


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I was introduced to Cindy Casciani at EquityChair as part of my networking to build my non executive portfolio. Over this time, Cindy has been in touch regularly with a number of interesting and relevant private equity backed deals, some of which were very early stage and did not progress to completion. However, Cindy was incredibly professional in her management of the process, giving me very regular status updates.

Earlier this year, she approached me on behalf of Lyceum Capital to discuss the Chairmanship of CuroCare, ahead of the deal completing. As Cindy and I had been in touch a number of times since our first meeting, she had a very good understanding of my skills and business interests. CuroCare is in a space that interests me and I could see instantly how my skills and experience would add value to the business and complement the management team. I am delighted to be Chairman of this great business.

I would strongly recommend Cindy Casciani and EquityChair. Her experience of working in private equity has enabled her to genuinely understand the requirements of both the investor and the management when recruiting a Chairman. Cindy also understands that the completion of a private equity transaction can take time and that it is of the utmost importance to keep the lines of communication open between the potential Chairman, the business and the investor throughout the process.

Cindy’s open and easy style also made it very enjoyable to work with her.

Neil Gillis, Chairman of CuroCare

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